It is with great sorrow that we announce that we have been informed of the death of John Shields. Although John had not been on the piste for some time due to illness, he retained an active interest in the Salle and visited when he could. John was a long time member, joining in 2005. He fenced foil for Notre Dame in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition in his college days. He was the first fencer to earn the Rank 9 skill development award of the Classical Academy of Arms. Always a dangerous opponent, you could count on John for a hard fought bout and for the highest standards of sportsmanship. John, old friend, you will be sorely missed – to you a final fencer’s salute.